Arts news

Chairman’s exhibition at Lighthouse

THE proceeds of an exhibition of watercolours by Mike Jeffries, chairman of the board of Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre, will be donated to the arts centre and the charity Diverse Abilities. The paintings are on show in the Lighthouse main gallery at from 6th April and runs until 2nd June. Mike has spent more than…

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Crowdfunding campaign for Petherton FolkFest

A CROWDFUNDING campaign has been set up to help Petherton Folk Fest raise money to continue to run the free event in South Petherton, on Saturday 16th June. The campaign aims to raise at least £350 towards the cost of activities on the day. The festival, now in its seventh year, offers a full day…

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A new music festival for East Devon

THERE is a new event in the West Country’s busy musical calendar – East Devon Music Festival, at venues in Honiton and surrounding villages, from 16th to 30th June. The new festival comes in the year of the 30th anniversary of Honiton Festival, which many will remember as a first class celebration of both music…

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Tom Robinson to play at Lyme Regis

BROADCASTER, singer-songwriter, activist and DJ Tom Robinson is coming to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis in October for a gig which will include the songs from the Tom Robinson Band’s legendary debut album Power In The Darkness. Born in Cambridge in 1950, he first came to prominence in the late 1970s as a musician…

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New theatre space for Sherborne

THE Amateur Players of Sher­borne are putting the finishing touches to the conversion of their headquarters in Marston Road into a studio theatre. And the first production in the new space, from 14th to 16th March,  is Neil Simon’s London Suite. The eye-catching corrugated iron former chapel, which has been used for many purposes since…

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Exciting plans for Walford Mill

WALFORD Mill, East Dorset’s contemporary arts and design centre, in common with many arts venues across the country, has had a slightly rocky time in the last couple of years, but with support from East Dorset District Council, joint artistic director Anne Hitchcock is now looking ahead with optimism. Plans include constructing a bridge to…

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Grants available for village halls

GRANTS of up to £45,000 are available for community centres and village halls from the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation. The funding, offering awards from £10,000 to £45,000, is for deprived urban communities and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas. The money can be used to fund new buildings, upgrading, renovating or extending buildings,…

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Shaftesbury Fringe working with careers project

SHAFTESBURY Fringe, which runs the multi-arts community festival coinciding with the annual Gold Hill Fair, is working with a young people’s careers project to help Dorset youngsters unlock their creative potential. As part of the scheme, called Face Forward, advisors from Dorset’s Arts Development Company are supporting 15-24 year old locals who are not in…

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Snow stops shows

THE winter storms have forced the cancellation of a jazz concert at Milborne Port tomorrow (Friday 2nd March) and the postponement of a poetry night tonight (Thursday 1st March) at Yeovil. The Rainbow Fish Speak Easy, due tonight at the Courtyard Cafe, Yeovil, has been moved to Thursday 8th March due to the snow and…

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